Just ten days until the Ruhrtriennale 2014 opens. Busy opening weekend with music theatre in Duisburg, dance and a nighttime concert in Bochum and exhibitions in Essen

06 August 2014

We mourn for Harun Farocki # ZEIT Forum Kultur with prominent guests on the subject No Education # tumbletalks every Sunday at the Museum Folkwang # MELT / Urbane Künste Ruhr Symposium # Ruhrtriennale/Tourtriennale

Duisburg, 6th August 2014 – Bochum, Duisburg and Essen are once again the centre of attention for international artists on the opening weekend of the Ruhrtriennale from 15th to17 th August.  Ten days before the festival opens, Artistic Director Heiner Goebbels and Managing Director of Kultur Ruhr Gmbh Lukas Crepaz will report today in the Gebläsehalle of the Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord on rehearsals and their final preparations. This is the first time that the opening premiere of the Ruhrtriennale will be held in Duisburg, with the staging of De Materie by the Dutch composer Louis Andriessen, a remarkable work of 20th century music theatre.

Heiner Goebbels’ guests will include the director Boris Nikitin, who is currently rehearsing his production Sänger ohne Schatten in the Maschinenhalle Zweckel in Gladbeck and the Artistic Director of Urbane Künste Ruhr, Katja Aßmann, who has invited the duo of Brazilian artists cantoni crescenti to realise their open access installation Melt in the Landschaftspark for the Ruhrtriennale.

The Ruhrtriennale team mourns the passing of the artist Harun Farocki, who died a few days ago.

Heiner Goebbels: “The sad news of Harun Farocki’s sudden death reached us as we were in the middle of installing an exhibition he had planned personally with Antje Ehmann in Essen. Labour in a Single Shot impressively documents his status as a radical filmmaker, whose pictures do not try to lecture us, but to enable us to see. In Harun Farocki film has lost one of the outstanding artists of our time.” 

The exhibition he developed together with Antje Ehmann is being installed as planned at the Museum Folkwang, Essen, and will open on Saturday 16th August at 1200 hours.

Other Ruhrtriennale productions are currently rehearsing in Gladbeck and Duisburg. Work beings this week to set up Melt by cantoni crescenti in the Hochofenstraße of the Landschaftspark in Duisburg.  This installation in a public space which is openly accessible for the duration of the festival also provides the theme for the symposium convened for the Ruhrtriennale by Urbane Künste Ruhr, Art/Space/Public (28th -30th August, with Tino Sehgal, Stefan Kaegi/Rimini Protokoll and others), which examines the question: what are the possibilities, duties and challenges which arise in regard to art projects in public spaces?

As in previous years, advanced ticket sales for the Ruhrtriennale have reached a new peak in the days before the festival begins.

Lukas Crepaz: “Ticket sales are going very well. Many performances are already sold out. For most productions – especially the large music theatre pieces De Materie, Neither and Surrogate Cities Ruhr – due to their greater seating capacity there are still a few tickets left. Almost all the concerts and the film opera River of Fundament are completely sold out.”

The podium for the ZEIT Forum Kultur, which this year is devoted to the Ruhrtriennale’s No Education programme, has been confirmed. With the writer Sibylle Lewitscharoff, philosopher Gernot Böhme and journalist Mark Terkessidis, the ZEIT Forum Kultur has a distinguished line-up and a controversial discussion can be anticipated. The first of this year’s tumbletalks will take place on Sunday 17th August at 1200 hours at the Museum Folkwang with Louis Andriessen and Heiner Goebbels.

The Tourtriennale will carry the Ruhrtriennale’s name to other festivals around the world in the months to come. Performances will include Heiner Goebbels’ music theatre piece from 2012, When the mountain changed its clothing, from 27th–28th August 2014 at the Theaterfestival Basel, Switzerland, and from 23 th-26 th October 2014 at the Melbourne Festival, Australia. Harry Partch’s Delusion of the Fury, which was also directed by Heiner Goebbels in the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum in 2013 with the Ensemble Musikfabrik, follows its great success in June at the Holland Festival, Amsterdam with performances from 29th-30th August at the Edinburgh International Festival, Scotland.  Romeo Castellucci’s Le Sacre du Printemps will be performed in December in Paris and in May 2015 at the Perm State Theatre, Russia. Manger by Boris Charmatz tours in 2014 to Graz, Lausanne, Rennes and Paris and in 2015 to Brussels.

The opening of the new work KUNSTMUSEUM by Gregor Schneider at the Bochum Kunstmuseum will take place on 29th August.  This spatial sculpture will be presented beyond the festival period until 12 th October 2014.


Projekt funders:
De Materie: Kunststiftung NRW, Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, Rudolf Augstein Stiftung /

Le Sacre du Printemps: Istituto Italiano di Cultura Köln/ manger: Institut français /Surrogate Cities Ruhr: Ruhrtriennale Circle of Friends, Institut français, / Innovationspool – freitagsküche: NRW.BANK / Internationaler Festivalcampus: Allianz Kulturstiftung, Ruhrtriennale Circle of Friends / No Education: Kemnader Kreis e.V. / Children’s Choice Awards: Stiftung Mercator, Sparkassen in NRW / All Children are Other: Stiftung Mercator / freitagsküche: doing kitchen: Stiftung Mercator / Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra: Stiftung pro Bochum

The Ruhrtriennale receives support from the Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and by the European Union – European Regional Development Fund. Proprietors: State of North Rhine-Westphalia and Regional Association Ruhr.